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Ofelia Tanagras

how to print on black paper

I own an Epson Stylus photography inkjet printer.
I would like to know if I could use it to print my digital pictures using black paper.
What kind of black paper since I used ones that has a little bit glossy. This brought the image close to nothing.
Do I need to set my printer's property or need some opaque ink?
Do I need a lazer printer on this?
I am looking to make a wedding album using black papers instead of the whit?
Help!!! Ofelia

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4/7/2007 5:04:55 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I don't think there are any consumer printers that print on black paper.

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4/7/2007 8:39:11 PM

Bob Fately   Actually, it is not possible to print on a black substrate (unless you use luminous ink) because the way a print "works" is that light from an outside source shines through the inks on ths surface, reflects off the paper underneath and back through the inks again before getting to the viewer's eye.

Say you want to print a big red square. If you start with white light and have white paper, the inks will absorb all the frequencies of light except the reds; that's why you see red. If you use black paper, the paper itself absorbs all light (that's what "black" is - the absence of light) so the red photons that were not absorbed going through the ink are absorbed by the paper and not reflected back to your eyes. Get it?

When you see prints made on black T-shirts and the like, these are done by first laying down a "flash" layer of white plastisol ink, which acts as the substrate behind the inks laid on top of it. Without that, you wouldn't see anything there either. That's also why black printed T's are usually denser or heavier feeling than the equivalent print on a white T shirt. There's another process for T-shirts, dye sublimation, but that's not pertinant here.

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4/8/2007 9:51:59 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Good Day Ofelia,
I recently bought sme beautiful Silver Photo Paper, and tryed to print with mine.
I tryed 3 different ways and then printed on normal Photo Paper and packed it all up and went to Staples with my samples.
It turned out I needed a Laser Printer for this , so they Color copied using the good one on reg. Photo paper and WOW! are they beautiul on that Silver Paper.
I hope this helps,

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4/8/2007 10:51:46 AM

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